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That's a huge drop of 47% from the more than 11 million that watched the Season 8 opener on October 22, 2017.

The ratings for The Walking Dead's Season 9 premiere were a historic low for the series.

Shifting gears on both sides of the camera for its ninth season with a new showrunner and the upcoming exit of leads Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan, The Walking Dead took a ratings hit and rise Sunday.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the episode pulled in 6.08 million viewers, which marks the smallest audience the show has had since partway through Season 2. In the key advertiser-coveted demographic of adults under 50, Nielsen says the series notched a 2.5 rating, half of last year's 5.0 rating and the lowest-rated premiere ever for Walking Dead (the series debuted in 2010 with a 2.7 rating). But this wasn't just bad news in terms of season premieres-Season 9's first episode is almost tied with the series' lowest rating for any episode in the key demo, with a Season 1 episode's 2.4 rating standing as the lowest rated episode thus far.

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Though these numbers show a stark downward trend for AMC, its Premiere online subscription service had its biggest single day for new signups after the premiere episode was made available a full day prior to its televised debut.

From the Season 8 finale, the premiere was down approximately 23% in total viewers and 27% in the key demo.

We may find out exactly how many fans that was later this week if AMC provide some of that AMC Premiere data with Live + 3 numbers. It was the top-rated show on Sunday night by a landslide, and according to AMC, the premiere also brought in the highest day of new sign-ups in the history of the channel's premieres.

The Walking Dead premiere has reached a new ratings low for the series.

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